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Rothschilds Stage Revolutions In Tunisia and Egypt to Kill Islamic Banks In Emerging North Africa Markets
Kick Them All Out
Posted By Bruce McDonald
February 21, 2011

Tunisia has undergone increasing economic liberalization over the last decade: In the 2010-2011 World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report, it was ranked as the most competitive country in Africa, as well as the 32nd most economically competitive country globally.   North Africa’s large Muslim populations are a vast business opportunity for Islamic banking and other businesses.

Contrary to popular belief, the world’s finances are controlled by privately-owned “central banks” masquerading as federal government banks in nearly every country in the world  [The U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, ruled that The Federal Reserve (U.S.' central bank) was privately owned in 680 F.2d 1239, LEWIS v. UNITED STATES of America, No. 80-5905].  Read More



Another news outlet that cannot be trusted!  Surprise, surprise!!!
Fox News Caught In Shocking Dirty Tricks Stunt Against Ron Paul
Posted on We Are Change Oklahoma. from Prison Planet
Paul Joseph Watson
February 16, 2011

In a shocking act of mass public deception, Fox News attempted to skew Ron Paul’s 2011 CPAC straw poll win by representing it with footage from the previous year’s CPAC event, at which Mitt Romney supporters had loudly booed the result, another example of the continuing dirty tricks campaign being waged against Paul by the establishment media.

Congressman Paul replicated his 2010 victory over Mitt Romney by defeating the former Governor of Massachusetts for a second consecutive year at the annual CPAC conference.

However, before anchor Bill Hemmer introduced a segment concerning the story, Fox News played a clip of the 2010 announcement of the poll results, during which Mitt Romney supporters had loudly booed Ron Paul’s victory, passing off last year’s footage as representative of this year’s event.  Read More

 

Newt Gingrich and Dick Cheney Confronted at CPAC 2011
We Are Change Oklahoma
Andrew Griffin, Red Dirt Report
February 15, 2011

While attending the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C. this past weekend, WeAreChange Oklahoma activist James Lane, along with Luke Rudkowski, a WeAreChange activist from New York, briefly confronted former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Vice-President Dick Cheney, peppering them with hard-hitting questions.

In a hallway at CPAC, Lane and Rudkowski approached Gingrich, with Rudkowski noting that while Gingrich is on record attacking 9/11 truth activists, calling them “insane.” Rudkowski is heard telling Gingrich: “What you do at Bohemian Grove is pretty insane. Any comment?”  Read More

 

Ok...This is friggin ridiculous!
Patriot Act extension passes House, one week after unexpected defeat
Washington Post
Felicia Sonmez
February 14, 2011

The House approved Monday a measure that would extend key provisions of the Patriot Act through December. Their vote came less than a week after House Republicans suffered an embarrassing defeat when the same bill was brought up under fast-track rules and failed by seven votes.

The measure passed Monday night on a vote of 275 to 144, two fewer than it received last week. But this time, no two-thirds super-majority was required for passage, only a simple majority. Twenty-seven Republicans joined most Democrats on Monday to vote "no," while 65 Democrats joined with most Republicans to support the measure.  Read More

 

WHERE is the 'change we can believe in' President Obama???
Obama Administration Says It Can Spy On Americans, But Can't Tell You What Law Allows It
TechDirt
February 14, 2011

Remember how President Obama, while campaigning, promised to reject the questionable spying practices of the federal government of President Bush? Yeah, forget all that. Over the past two years, we've seen time and time again that he's actually extended those abuses even further. The latest to come out is that the Justice Department is now claiming that the FBI has the right to get phone records on any call made from inside the US to an international number without any oversight. You may recall a few years back that there was a similar controversy, when it came out that the FBI would regularly just call up phone companies and ask for records -- despite the fact that this violates certain laws designed to protect consumer privacy. Sometimes, they would just use post-it notes.  Read More

Related:
Justice Department assertion: FBI can get phone records without oversight
Miami Hearld
McClatchy Newspapers
February 11, 2011

The Obama administration's Justice Department has asserted that the FBI can obtain telephone records of international calls made from the U.S. without any formal legal process or court oversight, according to a document obtained by McClatchy Newspapers.

That assertion was revealed - perhaps inadvertently - by the department in its response to a McClatchy Newspapers request for a copy of a secret Justice Department memo.  Read More

Seriously...
FBI Replaced Legal Process with Post-It Notes to Obtain Phone Records
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Kurt Upsal
January 20, 2010

Today, the DOJ's Office of the Inspector General issued a long awaited report on the FBI's use of 'exigent letters' to obtain phone records. While the report has many interesting and shocking revelations, three issues jumped out at us: Post-it note process; a secret new legal theory; and the need for accountability for the telecoms.  Read More

 

Can you say Coprorate-run Government???
USDA Deregulates GM Sugar Beets
Green Chip Stocks
Jimmy Mengel
February 8, 2011

It's been a hell of a week for genetically modified crops and for agricultural overlord Monsanto.

First, their old buddy Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, gutted protections for organic farmers and allowed the unrestricted approval of GM alfalfa.

Now the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection (APHIS) division has extended deregulation to GM sugar beets as well...

Monsanto engineered the GM sugar beets to withstand a soaking of their prized weed killer Roundup, or glyphosate.  Read More

 

China’s poor treated to fake rice made from plastic: report
Raw Story
David Edwards
February 8, 2011

China's history with food safety is a rocky one, but even in the annals of robbery and abuse, this will go down in infamy.

Various reports in Singapore media have said that Chinese companies are mass producing fake rice made, in part, out of plastic, according to one online publication Very Vietnam.

The "rice" is made by mixing potatoes, sweet potatoes and plastic. The potatoes are first formed into the shape of rice grains. Industrial synthetic resins are then added to the mix. The rice reportedly stays hard even after being cooked.  Read More

 

9% Unemployment Rate is a Statistical Lie
Information Clearinghouse
Greg Hunter
February 7, 2011

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the latest unemployment figures last Friday.  There was a stunning drop to 9% from 9.4%.  How did that happen?  Is the economy really getting better or is the government up to its old statistical tricks.  According to the mainstream media, the economy is getting better and the so-called recovery is alive and well.  Here’s how the Associated Press reported the story, “The unemployment rate is suddenly sinking at the fastest pace in a half-century, falling to 9 percent from 9.8 percent in just two months — the most encouraging sign for the job market since the recession ended.  More than half a million people found work in January. A government survey found weak hiring by big companies. But more people appear to be working for themselves or finding jobs at small businesses.”

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I missed this one when it was published...This is truly scary!
Federal Research Center Will Help Develop Medicines
NY Times
Gardiner Harris
January 22, 2011

The Obama administration has become so concerned about the slowing pace of new drugs coming out of the pharmaceutical industry that officials have decided to start a billion-dollar government drug development center to help create medicines.

The new effort comes as many large drug makers, unable to find enough new drugs, are paring back research. Promising discoveries in illnesses like depression and Parkinson’s that once would have led to clinical trials are instead going unexplored because companies have neither the will nor the resources to undertake the effort.  Read More

More info on the program:
NIH Proposes New Center to Accelerate Drug Development
Wall Street Journal Health Blog
Amy Dockser Marcus
December 8, 2010

In another attempt at jump-starting drug development, the National Institutes of Health’s Scientific Management Review board recommended the NIH create a center to help turn promising scientific discoveries into drugs.

The board voted yesterday to approve the creation of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences.  Read More

So...They are already running damage control
Separating Fact and Fiction:  News About the Proposed National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
National Institute of Health
January 24, 2011

By now, many of you have read the recent New York Times article or related news coverage, about NIH’s plan to establish the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).

While we are pleased that the news media have recognized NIH’s efforts as a significant development for translational research, the Times article contains some misleading statements that we would like to clarify. Those statements suggest that a much larger shakeup of NIH is underway than is actually contemplated.  Read More

The NIH Gets Into The Drug Development Business
Forbes 
Matthew Herper
January 24 2011

There’s a great piece in the New York Times this morning by Gardiner Harris about National Institutes of Health chief Francis Collins’ effort to get the NIH to develop more drugs to a point where industry would be interested enough to finish the job.  Read More

 

DHS Draft Memo Directs Agencies to Get a Move on Secure ID Cards
Executive Gov
Jack Moore
February 7, 2011

According to an unreleased draft memo, federal agencies have a little less than two months to “fully implement” secure ID cards, Federal News Radio reports.

Federal News Radio, which obtained a version of the draft memo, says its release by the Department of Homeland Security is likely imminent.  Read More

 

Bet you didn't know that!!!  So now you are a criminal for wanting to be informed?
Air Force:  All Wikileak Readers are Criminals
Politico
John Gerstein
February 7, 2011

Anyone who accesses the thousands of classified military reports and diplomatic cables made public by Wikileaks faces possible prosecution under the Espionage Act, the Air Force told its personnel recently. (See update below: Air Force has withdrawn this story pending further legal guidance.)  Read More

 

Send it back!  Send it back!  Send it back!
What Should Missouri Do With Federal School Funds?
CBS St Louis
February 6, 2011

State officials are at odds over what to do with $189 million of federal money intended to help Missouri’s public schools pay their staff.

Some Republican senators want to reject it as a symbolic statement of discontent with the rising federal deficit. Some have suggested saving it until next year. House budget leaders have proposed using it to replace state money already allocated for schools.  Read More

 

Really???  I am sure glad he cleared THAT up, because I was wondering!
Bernanke: More jobs needed for real recovery
Yahoo News
Jeannine Aversa
February 3, 2011

The United States can't fully recover from the worst recession in decades until hiring improves, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Thursday.

The economy is strengthening, and will likely grow at a faster pace this year as more confident consumers and companies spend more, Bernanke said in prepared remarks to the National Press Club. But he warned that the growth won't be strong enough to quickly drive down high unemployment, and it could take several years before it returns to more normal levels.  Read More

 

More Icelandic Bankers Arrested
IceNews
Posted on Kick Them All Out
February 2, 2011

Iceland’s special prosecutor into the banking crisis has confirmed that raids have taken place today and that arrests have been made. The Central Bank of Iceland is among the institutions under investigation.

Special Prosecutor, Olafur Thor Hauksson told Visir.is that house searches are taking place in at least three places today as part of investigations into the central bank, MP Bank and Straumur Bank.  

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Vinson: UNCONSTITUTIONAL and UNSEVERABLE
Health Care Lawsuits
Hadley Heath
January 31, 2011

The 26 plaintiff states in Florida v. Department of Health and Human Services got a favorable ruling today from Judge Roger Vinson in the Northern District of Florida.

Vinson has ruled that the "individual mandate" is unconstitutional and cannot be severed from the rest of the law.  Therefore, his ruling states that the entire health care law should be struck down.  

Read More

Related
Florida Health Care Ruling Expected Monday
Fox News
Phil Keating
January 28, 2011

The fourth federal judge to rule on President Obama's health care law is expected to issue his decision from Florida Monday.

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson's ruling will decide the biggest of the many court challenges to Obama's hallmark accomplishment, which now has 26 state attorneys general backing the suit.

Opponents of the Affordable Care Act specifically target two key aspects of the law. First, that the "individual mandate," which requires every American have health insurance (or suffer a tax penalty) exceeds the constitutional powers of Congress and violates the Commerce Clause. Secondly, that forcing the states to expand their Medicaid programs unconstitutionally infringes on states' rights.

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World Trade Center Occupancy FOIA * 1972-2001
Let's Roll Forums
Dave Cole, Larry McWilliams, and Phil Jayhan

NEW FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST PRESS RELEASE!

*** With no budget for advertising, we are asking all of you to spread this link with as many people as possible! Please put this story up on your websites and blogs! Please make this go viral ASAP! We are already 9 years behind the 8 ball here.


The following link is to a spreadsheet that the Lets Roll Forums obtained through a FOIA request made by Dave Cole. What we requested from the Port Authority of New York New Jersey was in essence a surprise occupancy audit of the World Trade Center. What we requested;

1. A complete listing of all occupants of the world trade center, from the time they were finished to the time they went private, in 2001.

2. Listing of occupants by floor and by space

3. Listing of occupants leases, with the start and end dates of those leases.

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Police sensing crime before it happens
Chicago Sun Times
Frank Mains
January 21, 2011

It was a bit like a scene from “Minority Report,” the 2002 Tom Cruise movie that featured genetically altered humans with special powers to predict crime.

In October, the Chicago Police Department’s new crime-forecasting unit was analyzing 911 calls for service and produced an intelligence report predicting a shooting would happen soon on a particular block on the South Side.

Three minutes later, it did, police officials say.

That got police Supt. Jody Weis thinking.

He wondered if the department could produce intelligence reports even quicker.  Read More



I am going on the record right now to say this is truly UNBELIEVABLE!
USDA found to be poisoning bird populations, causing mass die-offs involving millions of birds
Natural News
Mike Adams
January 21, 2011

Not all the mysterious bird die-offs that have been witnessed around the globe recently are due to unexplained causes. A recent mass die-off event witnessed in Yankton, South Dakota was traced back to the USDA which admitted to carrying out a mass poisoning of the birds.

After hundreds of starlings were found dead in the Yankton Riverside Park, concerned citizens began to investigate. Before long, a USDA official called the local police and admitted they had poisoned the birds. "They say that they had poisoned the birds about ten miles south of Yankton and they were surprised they came to Yankton like they did and died in our park," says Yankton Animal Control Officer Lisa Brasel, as reported by KTIV.  Read More




Top 10 Obama Administration Investigation Targets
Human Events
January 16, 2011

Rep. Darrell Issa (R.-Calif.), the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has signaled he will conduct numerous oversight investigations of the Obama Administration. Here are the Top 10 areas ripe for investigation for Issa and other congressional Republicans:  Read More

 

Florida lawmakers want to allow people with concealed gun permits to carry weapons openly
ABC Action News
Don Germaine
January 17, 2011

Florida gun owners may soon have the right to carry their weapons in the open if a group of lawmakers has its way. Senate Bill 234 would allow gun owners with concealed weapons permits to begin carrying weapons openly. More than 40 states already allow it.

"Those people who have rigorous background checks, those people who are law abiding citizens, should not be punished for showing their guns in public," said Sen. Mike Fasano (R-New Port Richey).  "It won't be like the wild west where everyone is wearing a gun."  Read More

 


If they are recognizing the problem with government here, don't you think we should pay attention!
Many Russians here aligning with Republicans
SILive
Tom Wrobleski
December 26, 2010

Many Russian immigrants to the "red borough" of Staten Island are flocking to the Republican Party, saying that the national Democrats' "socialistic" policies remind them too much of the top-down oligarchy they fled in their native land.

With many of the borough's Russian arrives already owning businesses and active in civic organizations, their muscle could help the Island GOP solidify electoral gains made this year, when the party took back congressional and Assembly seats.  Read More

 

Obama Administration's New Proposed Gun Regulation for Border States Met With Bipartisan Dissent
Fox News
Stephen Clark
January 15, 2011

The Obama administration's plan to force new reporting requirements on thousands of gun dealers near the Mexico border is under fire from members of his own party.

At least three Democrats in the Senate and several more in the House are voicing opposition to a proposed regulation from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that would require about 8,500 gun dealers in four states – California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas – to report gun sales of two or more high-powered rifles sold within five consecutive business days.  Read More



Unemployment claims rise; energy pushes price index up
USA Today
January 13, 2011

Two important economic reports delivered bad news Thursday about unemployment and wholesale prices.

In separate reports, the government said more Americans applied for unemployment benefits in the most recent week, pushing the total to its highest in 2 months, while energy costs pushed the wholesale price index to its biggest rise in nearly a year in December.  Read More

 

Housing Market Slips Into Depression Territory
CNBC
Cindy Perman
January 11, 2011

As the economy revs back to life, with signs of hiring on the horizon, the housing market is being left behind like Macaulay Culkin in “Home Alone.”

In the past few years, we’ve all been careful to choose our words carefully, not calling it a recession until it fit the technical definition and avoiding any inappropriate use of the “D” word — Depression.

Things were bad but the broader economy never reached Depression territory. The housing market, on the other hand, just crossed that threshold.  Read More

 

He who controls the food...
WikiLeaks: US targets EU over GM crops
The Guardian
John Vidal
January 3, 2011

The US embassy in Paris advised Washington to start a military-style trade war against any European Union country which opposed genetically modified (GM) crops, newly released WikiLeaks cables show.

In response to moves by France to ban a Monsanto GM corn variety in late 2007, the ambassador, Craig Stapleton, a friend and business partner of former US president George Bush, asked Washington to penalise the EU and particularly countries which did not support the use of GM crops.

"Country team Paris recommends that we calibrate a target retaliation list that causes some pain across the EU since this is a collective responsibility, but that also focuses in part on the worst culprits.
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Brace yourself!  This is overseas, but could be here any minutes...And, what about our Social Security System!
European nations begin seizing private pensions
Blacklisted News
January 4, 2011

People’s retirement savings are a convenient source of revenue for governments that don’t want to reduce spending or make privatizations. As most pension schemes in Europe are organised by the state, European ministers of finance have a facilitated access to the savings accumulated there, and it is only logical that they try to get a hold of this money for their own ends. In recent weeks I have noted five such attempts: Three situations concern private personal savings; two others refer to national funds.

The Adam Smith Institute is the UK's leading innovator of free-market economic and social policies. Politically independent and non-profit, the Institute promotes its ideas through reports, briefings, events, media appearances, and its website and blog.  Read More



Birds fall from sky again, this time in Louisiana
Physorg.Com
January 4, 2011

The second unexplained mass bird death within a week has been discovered in the southern United States, this time in the state of Louisiana, officials said Tuesday.

The latest incident affected some 500 birds which were discovered dead in Pointe Coupee Parish, said Olivia Watkins of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Watkins said an investigation was underway into the cause of the deaths, which occurred just a few days after thousands of birds were discovered dead in neighboring Arkansas. Read More

Related:
Inexplicable bird and fish kills in Arkansas
Suite 101
Theresa Ann White
January 3, 2011

In a small area of Arkansas, thousands of birds and fish mysteriously die within a few days.

National attention focused on Arkansas as 2011 opened to massive kills of bird and fish within a 125-mile radius. Wildlife officials are calling the two events unrelated yet the causes of these deaths – one of warm-blooded birds and the other cold-blooded fish - are still speculative.  Read More

Massive fish kill blankets Arkansas River
CNN
CNN Wire Staff
January 3, 2011


Arkansas officials are investigating the death of an estimated 100,000 fish in the state's northwest, but suspect disease was to blame, a state spokesman said Sunday.

Dead drum fish floated in the water and lined the banks of a 20-mile stretch of the Arkansas River near Ozark, about 125 miles northwest of Little Rock, said Keith Stephens of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. A tugboat operator discovered the fish kill Thursday night, and fisheries officials collected some of the dying animals to conduct tests.  Read More

 

Waiting to exhale:  Climate Criminals Want To Tax Every Breath You Take
Blacklisted News
Michael Vail
December 17, 2010

The rabid religious environmental zealots are wild-eyed and completely mad but many of them are well meaning fools. They have been sucked into a pipe dream through persuasion techniques and beautiful imagery. These poor fools are worshiping at the alter of the green god pledging their undying loyalty and resources. Behind the elaborate smoke and mirrors is a trillion dollar engine funding this ruthless gambit for all the wrong reasons. The earth is not their concern, the people are not their concern, they want to be the ultimate global control freaks using their religion to be a means to a Malthusian end.   Read More

 

Not a bad idea!
What if every American had to buy a gun instead of health insurance? Would Libs be ok with that?
Red White Blue News
Andrew Malcolm
December 15, 2010

What a great question that was brought up by Andrew Malcolm of the LA Times and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli who was successful in his recent suit against Obamacare.  What would be the difference, or do Libs agree that the Government could make you buy a gun — or does the Constitution only allow Health Insurance to be forced upon Americans?  Neither!  Read More

 

 

Hey...Janet...Here is something suspicious! 
FAA Loses Track of 119,000 Planes, Possible Pretext To Terror Attack
Guerilla Media

December 11, 2010

Editors Note: This is very suspicious. The government is clearly trying to establish a way that terrorists could possibly attack our country. The public outcry against the TSA is so great that the only way they will be able to continue their molesting ways is if there is some sort of terror attack that unifies Americans into accepting tyranny.

NEW YORK – The Federal Aviation Administration is missing key information on who owns one-third of the 357,000 private and commercial aircraft in the U.S. — a gap the agency fears could be exploited by terrorists and drug traffickers.

The records are in such disarray that the FAA says it is worried that criminals could buy planes without the government's knowledge, or use the registration numbers of other aircraft to evade new computer systems designed to track suspicious flights. It has ordered all aircraft owners to re-register their planes in an effort to clean up its files.  Read More

Related
US Senator calls for hearings on plane registry
Fox News
December 10, 2010
(NOTICE!  This article has already changed once today...It was something totally different...Better get your news while you can!)

The chairman of the Senate subcommittee overseeing aviation said Friday he would recommend holding congressional hearings on aircraft registration after The Associated Press reported the Federal Aviation Administration was missing data on one-third of U.S. planes.

"We need to find out why, and how it can be brought back to have a registry that has credibility," said North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan, a Democrat.  Read More

 

Wikileaks Reveals U.S. Tax Dollars Fund Child Sex Slavery in Afghanistan
Human Trafficking @ Change.Org
Amanda Kloer
December 8, 2010

The now infamous Wikileaks recently released a cable from Afghanistan revealing U.S. government contractor DynCorp threw a party for Afghan security recruits featuring trafficked boys as the entertainment. Bacha bazi is the Afghan tradition of "boy play" where young boys are dressed up in women's clothing, forced to dance for leering men, and then sold for sex to the highest bidder. Apparently this is the sort of "entertainment" funded by your tax dollars when DynCorp is in charge of security in Afghanistan.  Read More

 

Attention Wal-Mart Shoppers...Big Brother on Aisle 2!

Secretary Napolitano Announces Expansion of "If You See Something, Say Something" Campaign to Walmart Stores Across the Nation

DHS
December 6, 2010

 

WASHINGTON — Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced the expansion of the Department’s national “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign tohundreds of Walmart stores across the country—launching a new partnership between DHS and Walmart to help the American public play an active role in ensuring the safety and security of our nation.  

 

“Homeland security starts with hometown security, and each of us plays a critical role in keeping our country and communities safe,” said Secretary Napolitano. “I applaud Walmart for joining the ‘If You See Something, Say Something’ campaign. This partnership will help millions of shoppers across the nation identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to law enforcement authorities.”

 

The “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign—originally implemented by New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and funded, in part, by $13 million from DHS’ Transit Security Grant Program—is a simple and effective program to engage the public and key frontline employees to identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to the proper transportation and law enforcement authorities.  Read More

 

 


Secretary Napolitano and TSA Administrator John Pistole Announce Expansion of the "If You See Something, Say Something Campaign"

DHS

November 15, 2010

 

WASHINGTON—Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator John Pistole today announced the expansion of the nationwide "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign in the National Capital Region and to the nation's hotel and lodging industry—raising public awareness and strengthening security in America's tourism and travel industry in anticipation of the busy holiday travel season.

 

The "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign—originally implemented by New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority and funded, in part, by $13 million from DHS' Transit Security Grant Program—is a simple and effective program to engage the public and key frontline employees to identify and report indicators of terrorism, crime and other threats to the proper transportation and law enforcement authorities.  Read More

 

 

WHY are we allowing this?  WHY is ANYONE still doing business with Bank of America?
Bank of America to pay $137M in state fraud cases
Washington Post
Zachary Goldfarb
December 7, 2010

Bank of America will pay $137.3 million to settle allegations that it defrauded schools, hospitals and dozens of other state and local government organizations, federal officials said Tuesday. The settlement stems from a long-running investigation into misconduct in the municipal bond business that raises money for localities to pay for public services.

Bank of America is accused of depriving local organizations of millions of dollars by engaging in illegal behavior when investing the proceeds of municipal bond sales. Read More

 

States as Plaintiffs - The Question of State Sovereignty
HealthcareLawsuits.Org
Hadley Heath

January is fast approaching, and as newly-elected officials are sworn in, several states will see a change in their stance on the health care lawsuits.

A handful of those states, like Wisconsin, are planning to join an existing suit or file one of their own.

States are a unique type of plaintiff, not just because of the extra authority they have to sue on behalf of their citizens (over the individual mandate), but because of the other constitutional disputes at work over state sovereignty.  Read More

 

If the healthcare legislation is alright, WHY is the government issuing so many waivers...and to bigger companies?
More Health Waivers
The Atlantic Journal Constitution
Jamie Dupree
December 7, 2010

The Obama Administration has quietly granted even more waivers to one provision of the new federal health reform law, doubling the number in just the last three weeks to a new total of 222.

One of the more recognizable business names included on the newly-expanded list of waivers issued by the feds is that of Waffle House, which received a waiver on November 23 for health coverage that covers 3,947 enrollees.

Another familiar name was that of Universal Orlando, which runs a variety of very popular resorts in the Orlando, Florida area.  Universal was given a waiver for plans that cover 668 workers.  Read More

Related:
If the plan is such a good one and going to save businesses, why are we issuing waivers...
Approved Applications for Waiver of the Annual Limits Requirements of the PHS Act Section 2711 as of December 3, 2010
US Department of Health and Human Services

Applications for waivers from annual limit requirements are reviewed on a case by case basis by Department officials who look at a series of factors including whether or not a premium increase is large or if a significant number of  enrollees would lose access to their current plan because the coverage would not be offered in the absence of a waiver.  Read More

Related:
U.S. waivers after threats of lost health coverage
US Daily Caller
Reed Abelson
October 7, 2010

As Obama administration officials put into place the first major wave of changes under the health care legislation, they have tried to defuse stiffening resistance — from companies like McDonald’s and some insurers — by granting dozens of waivers to maintain even minimal coverage far below the new law’s standards.

The waivers have been issued in the last several weeks as part of a broader strategic effort to stave off threats by some health insurers to abandon markets, drop out of the business altogether or refuse to sell certain policies.  Read More


Before, or after, reading the following, I encourage you to visit http://www.citizensforaconstitutionalrepublic.com/morgan3-29-09.html where you will find an article that I wrote in March of 2009...Discussing exactly WHO AIG was paying with OUR tax dollars!
 

Fed aid in financial crisis went beyond U.S. banks to industry, foreign firms
Washington Post
Jia Lynn Yang, Neil Irwin and David S. Hilzenrath
December 2, 2010

The financial crisis stretched even farther across the economy than many had realized, as new disclosures show the Federal Reserve rushed trillions of dollars in emergency aid not just to Wall Street but also to motorcycle makers, telecom firms and foreign-owned banks in 2008 and 2009.  Read More

 

This is disturbing, to say the LEAST!
Exclusive: TSA frisks groom children to cooperate with sex predators, abuse expert says
Raw Story
Daniel Tencer
December 1, 2010

An expert in the fight against child sexual abuse is raising the alarm about a technique the TSA is reportedly using to get children to co-operate with airport pat-downs: calling it a "game".

Ken Wooden, founder of Child Lures Prevention, says the TSA's recommendation that children be told the pat-down is a "game" is potentially putting children in danger.

Telling a child that they are engaging in a game is "one of the most common ways" that sexual predators use to convince children to engage in inappropriate contact, Wooden told Raw Story.  Read More


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